"Extraordinary” sums up Laurier’s support for Canadian Blood Services in 2020.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurier donors contributed 477 units of blood to Canadian Blood Services – a record-breaking amount that surpassed the university’s pledge goal by 127 donations.
“The pandemic has changed many things, but not the continued need for life-saving blood donors,” says Carleen Carroll, assistant vice-president: External Relations at Laurier. “The Laurier community stepped up to support Canadian Blood Services so that they can provide blood to those in need. I am incredibly proud of our Laurier blood donors.”
Laurier faculty, staff, students and alumni regularly rolled up their sleeves last year with some making milestone donations, including Laurier employee Ted Collins, who donated for his 70th time in December. But roughly one-third of Laurier’s blood donations in 2020 came from a new and competitive group of donors: student-athletes.
Laurier’s Athletics and Recreation department, which oversees the university’s varsity teams, launched a “blood battle” with its counterpart at the University of Waterloo. The battle pitted varsity teams against one another to see who could make the most blood donations.